I’ve had mixed emotions this past week. This is my first eat to live challenge, I still haven’t finished the book. To be honest I’ve only made it through a few pages. I’m just not a big reader. I was feeling discouraged to be honest as well. Going into this challenge I’ve heard how much weight people lose and how the weight just falls off etc. I’m just not seeing that for myself. I don’t weigh myself but after 30 days I’m not seeing a difference. Besides the diet soda I think I pretty much been on a 95 to a hundred percent. I think the only thing I can think of is that I’m eating too much. It’s hard to tell without measuring my food or tracking if I’m going over board or not on all this high volume food lower calorie food. Those are my pessimistic feelings on the challenge for the week, but I said I have mixed feelings so here’s the good. It’s been a stressful thirty days and I haven’t caved, I’m watching my coworker start a diet plan and struggling. I so know the feeling and I see her reaching for food with all our stresses and repeatedly starting over again. The only difference between her and where I’ve been is I typically keep dieting information to myself and just say I’m trying to eat healthy. Today we had cinnamon buns for a birthday I just sat there and looked at them. I thank god no one tries to pressure me when I say no. I guess the other positive that I can think of is I’m enjoying everything I’m eating. I like my soup, I like my salads, I like my oatmeals and eating lots of fruit. I anticipate in a couple weeks going off and having a valentines cheat meal but then getting back on track and going into another 6 week challenge or keeping this up and going for 80 or 90 percent compliance. When I initially lost about 30 pounds after college I lost it through heathy eating and kept it off for years by keeping up with the healthy eating. Before my wedding I lost a ton of weight too but quickly gained it back. It’s tempting to want to go back to that pre wedding diet as it shows quick results but I know it’s not maintainable and ultimately what will happen.

The other stand out things that happened this week is I’ve been doing better with water yay finally.  And we have a brand new orange theory fitness location that opened this past Saturday, I signed up back in October so it’s been a long time waiting for it to open and I love it. So much fun and a great work out.  One more thing is ive been making soup every Saturday I think it’s making my house start to smell :/ so I’m going to have to look for something different to make this weekend with less onions and garlic! I love those but I don’t want the house to smell. I also bought a dehydrator I think I now own every kitchen gadget ever made. I’ll be trying that out this weekend as well.

I am including some pictures this week of some of my meals.


About the Author:

Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 30k plus whole-food, plant-based eaters. Elisha began blogging about this lifestyle in 2010 after discovering that it was a treatment for years of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating. Today she is a mentor to thousands who are striving to adopt this lifestyle.

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